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  • Image of a media press conference with journalists holding up microphones

    Media training and media-facing roles in pharmacy Subscription

    19 JUN 2017 14:52 By Gareth Malson
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    Pharmacy is too often left out of the media conversation on key healthcare issues, so it is important to strengthen our presence across all sectors, through both mainstream and social media. Gareth Malson explores how media training benefits both pharmacists and pharmacy.

  • Marie-Paule Keiny, World Health Organization (WHO) assistant director-general for health systems and innovation

    Q&A: Progress in seasonal influenza vaccines but world still short of capacity for pandemic vaccines Subscription

    7 JUN 2017 14:31 By John Zarocostas

    Marie-Paule Kieny from the World Health Organization discusses efforts over the past decade by the global agency to enhance seasonal influenza vaccine efficacy and production capacity, to ensure there is sufficient pandemic vaccine production, and to promote the effective development and deployment of pandemic vaccines by developing countries.

  • Improving packaging safety Subscription

    7 JUN 2017 12:21 By Gordon Urquhart

    In Emma Wilkinson’s excellent feature on pharmaceutical packaging design (The Pharmaceutical Journal 2017;298:281), she stated that tall man lettering was introduced in 2009 following research by the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA). The packaging for Wockhardt UK Ltd’s cephalosporin range was approved by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory ...

  • European Medicines Agency building

    Boost seen to new drug approvals

    2 JUN 2017 17:06

    Figures showing an increase in the number of new drug approvals in the United States and Europe so far in 2017 have countered concerns that medicines research and development was slowing down.

  • Infographic showing the history of sildenafil (Viagra)

    Three decades of Viagra

    25 MAY 2017 16:20 By Dawn Connelly

    Sildenafil (Viagra) — the first oral drug for erectile dysfunction to hit the market in 1998 — has been prescribed for more than 64 million men worldwide, and may soon be reclassified as a pharmacy medicine in the UK.

  • Blank or white medicine blister pack

    Design for dispensing: how far can we go to make packaging safer? Subscription

    18 MAY 2017 13:26 By Emma Wilkinson
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    It is a decade since the National Patient Safety Agency issued guidance on medicines packaging design in a bid to reduce the risk of dispensing errors. But medicines that sound alike or look alike are still responsible for a large proportion of errors. A collaborative approach between manufacturers, regulators and pharmacy organisations is required to tackle the problem.

  • Price gauging

    How drug prices are hiked and what is being done to tackle the problem Subscription

    17 MAY 2017 16:25 By Noel Wardle, Ian Wood
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    There has been negative publicity in the national press about drug manufacturers increasing the price of some medicines significantly: so called ‘price gouging’. These increased prices are then passed on to the NHS, and lead to headlines quoting multi-million pound figures.

  • Interleukin 13 cytokine protein 3D illustration

    AstraZeneca asthma drug fails in phase III trial

    12 MAY 2017 13:52

    An experimental drug being tested as a treatment for severe asthma by pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca has failed to meet its primary endpoint of significantly reducing the annual rate of asthma exacerbations in the first of two phase III studies.

  • US Food and Drug Administration

    US Senate confirms Scott Gottlieb as new FDA commissioner

    12 MAY 2017 13:46

    Source: US Food and Drug Administration The appointment of the new commissioner of the US FDA has been met with mixed reactions because of his links to the pharmaceutical industry

  • European Medicines Agency building

    EMA tells drug companies to make sure licences are valid in light of Brexit

    12 MAY 2017 11:46

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the European Commission (EC) has issued a notice to drug companies reminding them of their legal duties regarding any medicines that have been approved centrally in light of the UK leaving the EU.

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